Southern Book Lists
9 Set-in-the-South Historical Fiction Books
Preferably with a cool glass of sweet tea. Flannery O'Conner masters Southern Gothic and makes that story an instant classic. Being from Savannah, and sharing the same hometown as Mrs. O'Conner makes me lover her even more. Fried Green Tomatoes shows Alabama through two timelines. In the s, a woman in the midst of a midlife slump is revived by an unexpected friendship with the elderly Mrs. Threadgoode — who recounts stories of Whistle Stop in the s, and the two women who built their lives around their little cafe.
It is one of the best pieces of literature *about* the South (John Berendt is from . The whole mood of the novel is exactly how I imagine that period of time . In a small Mississippi coastal town, year-old Esch finds out she's.
freedom of the human spirit
In the early 17th century, Dutch traders first captured Africans for forced labor in tobacco fields and planted the seeds of slavery in America. Large cotton plantations below the Maxon-Dixon line used and abused slaves sold through the Atlantic slave trade. After the bloody Civil War ended in , slavery was formally abolished in the United States. However, slavery is still practiced today with an estimated 30 million living enslaved worldwide. Even in the fiction genre, authors pull our attention and heartstrings by portraying historically accurate accounts on the reality of slavery. Readers connect with dehumanized slaves who are severed from their African homeland and forced into unspeakable acts.
So to help us find the best books based in the South , we turned to Goodreads , where bibliophiles voted on the novels that vividly paint an accurate portrait of life near the Mason-Dixon line. While some picks won't surprise you, we have a feeling you'll find new favorites. But the book's gripping story about lawyer Atticus Finch, his family, and an Alabama town marred by racism and tragedy is worth re-reading. Currently, Steven Spielberg is working on a movie musical—and yes, Oprah is involved. Despite the fact that the past permeates most of the book, its subject matter is just as relevant today. Ward won the National Book Award for fiction in